Herman Miller

Herman Miller is a globally recognized leader in design. Since its inception in 1905, the company’s innovative, problem-solving designs and furnishings have inspired the best in people.

Herman Miller is guided by an enduring legacy of design, innovation, and social good.


The Herman Miller Story

Barker Street Office Furniture is proud to be the authorized dealer of Herman Miller in South Africa, a globally recognized leader in design. With a history dating back to 1905, Herman Miller is known for its innovative, problem-solving designs and furnishings that inspire the best in people.

Guided by a legacy of design, innovation, and social responsibility, Herman Miller prioritizes the environment, community service, and the health and well-being of its customers and employees. The company is named after Herman Miller, a businessman from West Michigan who helped his son-in-law, D.J. De Pree, buy the Michigan Star Furniture Company in 1923. De Pree renamed the company after his father-in-law, recognizing his integrity.

By the mid-20th century, the name Herman Miller had become synonymous with modern furniture, thanks in part to collaborations with legendary designers such as George Nelson and Charles and Ray Eames. The company has continued to work with talented designers, including Alexander Girard, Isamu Noguchi, Robert Propst, Bill Stumpf, Don Chadwick, Ayse Birsel, Studio 7.5, Yves Béhar, Doug Ball, and many others.

Today, Herman Miller is not only known for its classic pieces and new designs for the home but also for its innovative solutions for healthcare environments, contemporary interior furnishings, and related technologies and services. The company operates through several focused businesses, brands, and distribution channels, including Herman Miller, Herman Miller Healthcare, Nemschoff, Geiger International, and independently owned dealerships. With manufacturing facilities in the United States, China, Italy, and the United Kingdom, and sales offices, dealers, licensees, and customers in over 100 countries, Herman Miller and its partners work together to design and build a better world.

In July 2021, Herman Miller merged with Knoll – another global leader supplying iconic furniture – combining people, values and strengths to create MillerKnoll. The result is a synergistic fusion of designs, talent, insights and product variety with limitless potential in the global market.

Key Brands Within The Herman Miller Stable:

Design within Reach 

The largest retailer of authentic modern furniture and accessories in the world. Headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, DWR operates retail Studio locations across North America, an e-commerce website and a popular print catalogue.


Specialises in the design and manufacture of modular wood casegoods and architectural furniture for private offices and commercial interiors. It is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.


A global designer and provider of high-quality textiles for commercial, healthcare and residential interiors. Recognised for its rigorous and holistic commitment to design, Maharam is based in New York.

Nemschoff, Inc

Recognised as a market leader in healthcare furnishings, with specific strength in soft seating and the patient care environment. It is headquartered in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

Colebrook Bosson Saunders

Award-winning designer and manufacturer of high-performance ergonomic monitor arms, lighting, technology support products and accessories. Colebrook Bosson Saunders is headquartered in London in the United Kingdom.


Offers upholstered soft seating, stools, occasional and meeting tables, and other ancillary products. Known for its contemporary British design and high-quality manufacturing, naughtone is headquartered in Knaresborough in the United Kingdom.

Maars Living Walls

Thanks to its deep partnership with leading designers and commitment to sustainability, Maars is a worldwide leader in interior wall solutions. The company was founded over 70 years ago and is based in Harderwijk, the Netherlands


Founded in Copenhagen, Denmark, on the principle that everyone should have access to great design, HAY is a global leader in authored furniture and accessories for the home and office.

Herman Miller’s Purpose & Values

Our purpose reflects the desire of all our brands to leverage the power of design to improve people’s lives. This is why we exist.

Our values speak to our shared beliefs about our people and the impact we can make together – for our customers, our communities, and in the world. They describe how we live our purpose through the way we lead, the way we see one another and the way we work.

We are difference-makers

Our products and our approach to business make a difference in the lives of our customers, our neighbours and people around the world.

We are all extraordinary

By celebrating what makes every individual unique and valuable, we help one another reach our fullest potential.

We are better together

Our culture of accountability, inclusivity and high-performance creates strong teams and unifies our family of brands.

Design For The Good of Humankind

At Herman Miller, their creative approach to solving problems not only makes their designs better, but it also helps them leave the world a little better than they found it. Their shared values guide these efforts across a range of initiatives.